Belfast (Daniel Belknap)

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  • (Posted 2015-12-06)   CPDL #37774:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-12-06).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 76 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-12-06)   CPDL #37773:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-12-06).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 76 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All six stanzas from Jeremy Belknap's compilation included.

General Information

Title: Belfast
First Line: With flowing eyes and bleeding hearts
Composer: Daniel Belknap
Lyricist: Philip Doddridge

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1802 in The Middlesex Collection of Sacred Harmony

Description: Words by Philip Doddridge, 1755, Hymn 270, with eight stanzas. Daniel Belknap apparently took his words from his distant cousin Jeremy Belknap's 1795 book, Sacred Poetry, Consisting of Psalms and Hymns… (see comparison of texts below). Jeremy Belknap attributes the words to "Mason," interpreted by some to mean John Mason, 1645-1694. These words were not found in John Mason's book, Spiritual Songs, or Songs of Praise of 1683, reprinted 1859.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Doddridge's Hymn 270, 1755
1. With flowing eyes and bleeding hearts
A blasted world survey!
See the wide ruin sin hath wrought
In one unhappy day!

2. Adam, in God's own image formed
From God and bliss estranged,
And all the joys of paradise
For guilt and horror changed!

3. Ages of labor and of grief
He mourned his glory lost;
At length the goodliest work of heaven
Sunk down to common dust.

4. O fatal heritage bequeathed
To all his helpless race!
Through the thick maze of sin and woe
Thus to the grave we pass.

5. But, O my soul! with rapture hear
The second Adam's name;
And the celestial gifts he brings
To all his seed, proclaim.

6. In holiness and joy complete
He reigns to endless years,
And each adopted chosen child
His splendid image wears.

7. What though in mortal life they mourn!
What though by death they fall!
Jesus in one triumphant day
Transforms and crowns them all.

8 Praise to his rich, mysterious grace!
E'en by our fall we rise,
And gain, for earthly Eden lost,
A heavenly paradise.

 

Jeremy Belknap's Hymn 291, 1795
1. With flowing eyes and bleeding hearts
A fallen world survey!
See the wide ruin sin has made,
In one unhappy day!

2. Adam, in God's own image formed,
See from his God estranged !
And all the joys of paradise
For guilt and horror changed!






3. This fatal heritage bequeath
To all his helpless race!
Through this dark maze of sin and woe
Thus to the grave we pass!

4 But, O my soul, with rapture hear
The second Adam's name;
And the celestial gifts he brings
To all his seed, proclaim.






5 What though in mortal life they mourn?
What though by death they fall?
Jesus in one triumphant day
Transforms and crowns them all!

6. Praise to his rich transcending grace
Even by our fall we rise!
And gain for earthly Eden lost
A heavenly paradise.
––"Mason, altered"